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Trade-A-Boat Issue 467

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exciting times ahead

THIS ISSUE MARKS the start of our 2015 Sydney International Boat Show coverage. This issue we cover what we know and feel excited about seeing, both on the water at Darling Harbour and under cover at Glebe Island. You can read the team’s work on page 48 and if you are thinking of heading to the show, check out the SIBS website for guides on parking, traveling to and from the hardstand display at Glebe Island, and ticketing at sydneyboatshow.com.au This year’s show will see a number of new brands making their Australian debut, notably Sealine and Axopar, the latter of which to me presents an interesting shift in design. I have been keeping an eye on the product since Peter Hrones of eyachts made mention he was planning to bring…

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championing clean air

As the Australian marine industry moves toward emission standards covering non-road engines (outboards and PWCs), the federal government has paved the way by announcing its first Clean Air Champions. First Champion off the rank was Gary Fooks, a founding member of the Australian Marine Engine Council (AMEC) and chairman of the Blue Sky Alliance. Industry lobbyists AMEC represent BRP Evinrude, Honda Marine and Suzuki Marine. This group was formed after these parties split from the Outboard Engine Distributors Association (OEDA) to form their own representative body, leaving Mercury Marine, Yamaha and Tohatsu within OEDA. The second Clean Air Champion announced was Hyundai Motor Company Australia, which helped develop Australia’s first hydrogen-powered car, the ix35. This initiative is part of environment minister Greg Hunt’s proposed National Clean Air Agreement which sees Clean Air Champions helping…

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variety hippies celebrate 25th bash

Senior boat tester John Willis trades his trailerboat for a 40-year-old van this August, hitting the road with two ‘Hippy Krishna’ mates for the 25th Variety Bash. Trade-a-Boat’s own ‘Bear’ will join Don ‘Mezzmo’ Hailes and Roy ‘Jock’ Seamark in the trio’s 1976 Bedford van as they join dozens of other ancient vehicles and costumed characters for the long slog north from Melbourne to Port Douglas, via Cooktown. Originally devised by Dick Smith in 1985, the Variety Bash raised more than $1.25million last year for the popular children’s charity and ‘Bashers’ get involved along the way, visiting schools and needy destinations along the way to spread funds, equipment, cheer and goodwill to kids in need. Every state holds its own annual Bash, but the Hippy Krishnas are part of the Victorian sector and…

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bill barry-cotter awarded oam

Australian boat industry icon Bill Barry-Cotter, founder of the Mariner, Riviera and, most recently, Maritimo companies, says he was surprised to receive a Member of the Order of Australia award in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours list. The award was for significant service to the maritime construction industry, to powerboat racing and as a benefactor and supporter of charitable organisations. “It came as a surprise to me and I feel very humbled by it,” he said. “I love doing what I do and over a period of 50 years you just get on with it and keep doing what you like. “Boat manufacturing has been my whole life and the role I have played in the industry has been done out of passion and commitment to it. “I never expected to be given any…

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gas stove recall

Portable gas stoves which use refillable butane cans have been banned from sale due to safety concerns and boaters who use them are urged to check compliance to avoid injury. Also knows as “lunchbox cookers” the portable stoves are popular with campers and boaters as a convenient and lightweight cooking solution, but tests have shown an 84% safety valve failure rate when heat was applied to the butane cylinder. This caused the gas cylinder to overheat and potentially explode and the risk is heightened when the devices are used in enclosed spaces, such as the cabin of a boat. Consumers are urged to stop using these cookers immediately and return them to the point-of-sale or dispose of them in an appropriate manner. The Australian Gas Association conducted the tests and has since published a…

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pcy appointed dufour agent

Performance Cruising Yachts will become the exclusive agent and importer for French manufacturer Dufour Yachts, effective August 1. Run by Olympic yachtsman Matt Hayes, PCY operates from Darling Harbour, alongside Sydney by Sail. Director of Operations Ed Penn oversees a staff of 15 that includes service technicians, maintenance personnel, professional skippers and administrative support. Dufour Yachts currently builds 10 models in two ranges, all designed by Italian naval architect, Umberto Felci. The Grand Large series of seven cruising yachts from 31 to 56ft (9.5 to 17m) is recognised as the most current product line in the industry with six of the seven having been launched within the past three years. “Dufour Yachts products are a perfect fit for our broad base of active sailing clients,” said Matt Hayes. “The outstanding stability and sailing qualities,…